two thousand seventeen Hyundai Elantra Ltd review: Economy with flair

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 8:14 PM

The kids today, though, have it so much easier with their Ford Focuses and their Mazda three and their Hyundai Elantras, all of which proposal heated seats, sunroofs and music player hookups.

two thousand seventeen Hyundai Elantra Ltd review: Economy with flair

Sixth-gen sedan ups the ante on inexpensive transportation

Let me keep on my elderly man hat for a minute:

Back in my day (which was the early &#thirty-nine;90s), the crapboxes were crapboxes and the kind cars were … still beautiful bad. The kids today, though, have it so much easier with their Ford Focuses and their Mazda three and their Hyundai Elantras, all of which proposal heated seats, sunroofs and music player hookups. We'd to carry around a 15-pound book that we stored compact discs in. Discs, I say! The new Elantra is closer to a Rolls-Royce than to my one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven Ford Escort.

So this Elantra’s new -- all-new according to Hyundai. The sixth-generation compact sedan takes a step forward in just about every category including quietness, stiffness, economy and fun. It won’t beat a Focus ST around a track and it’s not going to drop jaws love the Alfa 4C, but it'll create you say, “Damn, this thing is nice,” with a surprised tone ... and you shouldn't be surprised, because Hyundai’s been making damn kind cars for nearly a decade.

Overall, this car is sharp. The new snub-nose front finish gets Hyundai’s hexagonal grille and vertically stacked LED fog lights. In back, the taillights were massaged a bit and the edge of the trunk presently forms into a faux spoiler. I’m not in like with the profile, though: Love EVERYTHING, the Elantra was designed to cheat the wind. Hyundai succeeded with a coefficient of drag at 0.27, just one-hundredth higher than the BMW i8. But if you keep this following to the new Cruze, the new Focus and the Dodge Dart, they’re all the exact same shape.

The cabin is noiseless and understated, and the doors have a decent heft and a kind thud when they close. The seats in this Ltd model that we certified are leather, but they’re not super soft. That might be because Hyundai uses SoyFoam for padding. On the shining side, in a pinch you can eat it. Just kidding (but we’ll check).

The Elantra’s not trying to be fancy. There are only a few colors and a few different surface textures and everything is laid out logically. The tough plastic on the doors feels a tiny cheap but the wheel and gear shifter are kind to touch.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are portion of the $2.500 Technology package, which also adds a premium audio system, HomeLink, a screen in the gauges and a few other bits. It makes working with an iPhone, particularly if you hear to podcasts, much easier -- that can become a pain with some systems.

Our tester came with the Ultimate package, which gets all the autonomous safety features such as lane keeping, backup camera and forward collision warning. As much as I sometimes grumble about these, they'll give you an early warning when the car in front of you stops for number reason, and just generally remind you to pay attention. It also gets heated back seats, which is a kind touch for the second and third passenger.

The Elantra gets two new powertrains for two thousand seventeen. The first, which is installed on the base SE and Ltd trims, is the 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four that produces one hundred forty-seven hp and one hundred thirty-two lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic sends power forward, resulting in combined rating of thirty-three mpg. It feels a tiny sluggish in the normal driving mode, and more so in eco, but in sport it really livens up. Upshifts arrive late in the rev range and downshifts arrive early. Steering tightens up as well, which makes for an entertaining drive to work. There’s not a lot of “feel,” but the ratio is quick.

The other engine, which will be offered exclusively in the Elantra Eco, is a 1.4-liter four making one hundred twenty-eight hp and one hundred fifty-six lb-ft. That’ll be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch trans, excellent for thirty-five mpg combined.

This new Elantra is lighter than the outgoing model and stiffer with more high-strength steel. The rear torsion bar suspension has been redesigned and got bigger rear bushings. A coil-spring, MacPherson setup does a excellent work in front. Most bumps are absorbed, but bigger ones will jiggle their way into the cabin. Again, it’s very noiseless on the road. There’s some body roll when pushing it into corners, but number more than any other car in this non-enthusiast class.

The Ltd trim comes in at $23K or so, which seems love a reasonable deal, considering the competition. Our loaded tester with the Tech and Unlimited packages goes up to nearly .000, which is rounded up to $30.000 in most people’s eyes. That’s hefty for a car that straddles the line between compact and midsize. You could ditch the safety features and the premium audio/Apple CarPlay stuff and still have a USB input and obtain back down to around $23.000 again (which we suspect rounds to $20K in most buyers' minds). In that sense, it seems love a excellent deal. I think Hyundai outstyled its main competitors and it still has that 100.000-mile powertrain warranty.

If the Elantra isn't on your list of test drives, you should keep it there.

Technology package including navigation system AVN 4.0 with 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, premium audio with eight speakers, including a middle channel and subwoofer, 4.2-inch TFT color instrument cluster display, power sunroof, heated front and rear seats and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass ($2.500); Ultimate package including HID headlights with dynamic bending light, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, bright cruise control, lane hold assist system, integrated memory system for driver’s seat and exterior mirrors ($1.900); carpeted floor mats ($125)

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